In a letter today to Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive officer of Chobani, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern thanked the company for supporting transparency in the use of dairy terms on food-product labels, the subject of a recently ended FDA comment period.
“As you state in your company’s comments, ‘The improper – and illegal – use of dairy terms on plant-based alternatives poses a public health risk, in that this terminology may confuse consumers and cause them to displace the nutrients that would otherwise be provided by dairy foods,’” Mulhern wrote on behalf of NMPF. “We at National Milk share your concerns that consumers are being misled over the nutritional content of dairy versus plant-based products, and we appreciate your willingness, as the No. 1 seller of Greek yogurt in the U.S. and the nation’s second-largest yogurt manufacturer, to use your voice to speak out on this issue.”
NMPF will host a teleconference with the media at 1:30 P.M. (EST) on Thursday, Feb. 21, outlining the organization’s recommendations for FDA as it considers revisions to regulations regarding the use of dairy terms on labels for plant-based products. This is a time change from a release issued Friday, made due to the likelihood of a winter storm disrupting government operations on Wednesday and Thursday.
For this on-record briefing, interested journalists may call:
Toll-free number: 1-888-537-7715
Participant Passcode: 61546962 #